Now that summer is approaching, it’s time to start educating clients about the need to take their skin health seriously. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that this most common form of cancer is found on roughly two million people each year. What’s more, over the last three decades there have been more people diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. Many experts recommend people wear sunscreen when outdoors, but in reality not everyone likes wearing it.

“There are several reasons why many people skip the sunscreen,” explains Elise Champe, owner of Eclipse Sun Products. “Many avoid it because they don’t want to put the chemicals on their body. Others skip it because they don’t like the feeling or it seems to make them sweat more.”

Even those who don’t like to lather up with sunscreen still need protection in order to avoid adding to skin cancer statistics. Here are some tips for avoiding skin cancer without slathering on sunscreen:

> Cover up. The more skin that can be covered with a sun protective product the better. In addition to wearing a wide-brimmed hat, look for clothing that provides UPF protection.

> Seek shade. If you can’t find shady areas to be in when outdoors, take them with you. Shady areas can quickly be created by putting up tents or carrying an umbrella.

> Clock watch. Avoid going outdoors in the middle of the day, if possible. Getting outside in the morning or evening will help you avoid some of the sun exposure.

> Eat your veggies. Most fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants, according to the National Cancer Institute, are chemicals that block the activity of free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to cells and lead to cancer.

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